Netflix raises price in Europe

Netflix has raised the price of its service in Europe for new subscribers, upping the Eurozone price of the standard service from €8.99 (US$9.92) to €9.99 as of yesterday. The standard offer allows subscriber to access HD content and view it on two devices. Netflix’s other two offers, the more basic ‘Essential’ tier, offering access […]

SVOD helps lift ProSiebenSat.1

A strong performance from digital activities including subscription video-on-demand service Maxdome, along with a good production and programme sales performance, helped contribute to a solid quarter for German commercial broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1. Overall digital revenues rose by 23% to €183.5 million (US$201 million), compared to €149.2 million a year earlier. Recurring EBITDA went up by 21.8% […]

Maxdome CEO to exit

German VOD service Maxdome is saying goodbye to its CEO for the second time in four months. Lesley MacKenzie, who is also executive VP of entertainment at Maxdome parent ProSiebenSat.1, is leaving the business to pursue other opportunities in the on-demand space. Her departure from ProSiebenSat.1’s E-Entertainment division comes just four months after she replaced […]

ProSiebenSat.1 builds on production growth

The strong performance of the German advertising market, digital activities and production all contributed to a solid start to the year for broadcast group ProSiebenSat.1. The broadcaster posted quarterly revenues of €654.6 million (US$742.7 million), up 12.7%, and recurring earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation of €152.7 million, up 9%. German area broadcasting revenue […]

ProSieben shuffle hands MacKenzie Maxdome job

German broadcast group ProSiebenSat.1 has instigated a high-level restructure of its digital division, handing former Sky and Lovefilm exec Lesley MacKenzie the CEO role at Maxdome. She replaces the former boss of the SVOD service, Andreas Heyden, who is leaving the company. The overall ‘digital and adjacent’ unit at ProSieben will continue to be run by […]

SVOD players buy medical procedural Remedy

Several SVOD platforms have acquired Canadian medical procedural Remedy. The series, which is produced by Toronto-based Indian Grove and distributed by Red Arrow International, is on Global in Canada. The show looks at hospital life through the eyes of a charismatic orderly and his eccentric. Red Arrow has shopped it to the Maxdome SVOD platform […]

Analysts question Netflix’s German chances

German market-watchers have questioned whether Netflix will be able to catch on-demand market leader Amazon when it launches in the country later this year. Munich-based Veed Analytics, part of the Mücke, Sturm & Company consultancy, forecasts that Netflix would trail Amazon and others in the competitive German on-demand sector. Veed’s chief marketing officer Bernd Riefler […]

News brief: ProSieben cuts Timber Kings deal

German channel ProSieben has acquired Paperny Entertainment-produced unscripted series Timber Kings from Passion Distribution. The 10x60mins series will go out on the ProSiebenMaxx channel and VOD platform Maxdome along with another new Passion show, season two of Weather Channel series Prospectors. Passion has also made other deals in Germany. It has sold 53 hours to […]

Google launches Chromecast streaming device in Europe

Google has launched its low-price Chromecast HDMI streaming stick in 11 countries outside of its home market of the US. The device is available now in Canada and 10 European countries: the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands and the Nordic countries of Denmark, Norway, Finland, and Sweden. “Since announcing Chromecast in the US, […]

ProSieben reports results, strikes Deutsche Telekom VOD deal

ProSiebenSat.1 has set itself an ambitious new target of realising additional revenues of €1 billion by 2018 compared with 2012 on the back of strong full-year results. The group has also struck a significant distribution deal with Deutsche Telekom for its Maxdome on-demand service. The deal with Deutsche Telekom will give the latter’s Entertain IPTV […]